When you’ve been in a car accident or you’re soon to face litigation regarding your workers compensation claim, it may be a simple thing to decide that you need legal help. An attorney can assist you with deadlines, paperwork, and arguing your case in the court of law efficiently and professionally. However, choosing your legal help may seem like a more daunting task.
How do you choose a lawyer? Many Americans look toward family attorneys or friends who have experience with particular lawyers and may be able to help. But for those whose families don’t have a family lawyer, you may be wondering what it is you can do to help decide which lawyer is best for your case.
Here are some qualities to look for when you’re on the hunt for legal help to defend, or fight for, your case.
- Communication Communication in terms of clarity as well as effectiveness is one of the biggest qualities you want to look for in an attorney. It’s one thing if a lawyer is experienced, but if your lawyer isn’t clear and straight to the point it may be difficult to understand them. This can lead to a slew of problems on your end if you’re unsure of what documents you should be providing your attorney and at what time.Therefore, when choosing an attorney or law firm be sure that you are able to understand them and that they’re able to quickly getting in touch with you. A good sign that a lawyer is bad at communication is if it’s been days since they’ve returned your initial call.
- Experience While experience isn’t always necessary when it comes to choosing a good lawyer, it’s good to have one that is well-versed in the material. The most common personal injury cases include product liability at 5%, medical malpractice at 15%, and motor vehicle accidents at a hair-raising 52% according to the U.S. Department of Justice. If your case is one of these three types of personal injury cases, it might be easy to find experienced legal services. However, as long as your attorney understands the differences in the cases and any tax implications, you should be in the clear.
- Availability and punctuality The last thing you want to feel when you’re going through a court case is a sense of unimportance. Therefore, when looking for legal advice take note of the availability and the punctuality of the attorney you’re meeting with for a consultation. You want to be sure that you’ll be able to get a hold of your lawyer in the event of a change or emergency. Punctuality is also good manners so if your attorney isn’t punctual, you can usually tell where you fall on their list of present values.
- Rapport Another thing to look for in an attorney is whether or not you get along with them. While you don’t have to be friends, a sense of professional understanding and likeness should be present between you and your lawyer if you’re the one who is choosing them for the case.
- Professional standing Like with all businesses, check with past clients for their review of the lawyer’s legal help and skill. Past clients will know first-hand if the lawyer you’re thinking of choosing for your case is really a good choice and will be able to inform you of whether or not their personality is a facade.
Looking for legal help in the event of litigation doesn’t have to be difficult. Ask around your community for the names of particular lawyers and during consultations pay attention to the style and personality of the attorney in order to find the best fit for you.